ABUJA: THE United States has warned its citizens to avoid all travel to three Nigerian states under emergency rule. In a statement, the US said the situation in Nigeria’s volatile states such as Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States remained “fluid and unpredictable” ahead of general elections planned for later this month.
“The Department of State warns United States citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that US citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.
“The United States Department of State strongly urges US citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel planning,” the statement read.
The department added that the ability of the Mission to provide assistance to US citizens in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States remains severely limited.
It recommended all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks: Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.
It also warned against travel in the Gulf of Guinea because of the threat of piracy.
“Based on safety and security risk assessments, the Embassy maintains restrictions for travel by US officials to those states listed above, officials must receive advance clearance by the United States Mission for any travel deemed as mission-essential,” the Embassy said.
The Embassy said US citizens should be aware that extremists could expand their operations beyond northern Nigeria to other areas of the country.
“The United States Mission advises all United States citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers.”
Security measures in Nigeria remained heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and US citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country, read the alert.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY